Matched up with British fighter Terry Etim in his home country of Brazil, undefeated prospect Edson Barboza entered the fight with the same kind of composure and strategy that won him his first 3 fights inside the Octagon.
Barboza fed Etim a steady diet of leg kicks throughout the fight, punishing the Brit’s lead leg, turning it into damaged goods for much of the bout.
Etim attempted to put Barboza on his back a few times, but even when he was successful the Brazilian just popped back up without any trouble.
After two rounds, Barboza seemed to control comfortable lead over Etim on the scorecards, and could have easily coasted through the final five minutes to get a decision win.
Well, Edson Barboza had other ideas.
As the two fighters exchanged strikes in the final round, Barboza uncorked one of the most spectacular KO’s in UFC history.
The young Brazilian swung around with his leg, throwing a spinning wheel kick like something out of a Bruce Lee movie and caught Etim flush on the chin. The Brit crashed down like a tree falling in the forest as Barboza walked away, comfortable with the knockout in tact.
“I had actually done one similar to this before, but it didn’t work out that well,” Barboza said referencing his 2011 fight with Anthony Njokuani where he threw the same technique.
“This one was definitely much better and I able to get this victory over him.”
Barboza moves to 4-0 inside the Octagon and with a head turning knockout like the one he landed on Saturday night, he’ll likely join former WEC champion Anthony Pettis’ Showtime kick in UFC highlight reels from here to eternity.
A very proud Barboza was happy to pull off the win in front of his home country fans.
“When you fight in Brazil, it’s unlike fighting in any other place in the world,” Barboza said.
“In a fight, you try things and hope they work. Tonight, it (the kick) worked. It’s something I’ve practiced a lot and I finally was able to land it hard. I’m happy with this outcome and you can expect more of that soon.”